Kerala Congress working president dies in Chennai

Kerala Congress working president dies in Chennai

MI Shanavas, working president of Kerala Congress Committee and Member of Parliament from Wayanad, died in a Chennai hospital on Wednesday morning after complications rose out of a liver transplant. He was 67.

Shanavas, who represented the Wayanad constituency twice in the Lok Sabha, breathed his last at a hospital in Chennai at 1am. He had undergone a liver transplant on November 2.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan along with senior Congress leader and former chief minister Oommen Chandy and opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, expressed their condolences over Shanavas’ demise.

An official at Dr Rela Medical and Research Centre in Chromepet, Chennai, where the Congress MP was admitted on November 1, said the death occurred at 1:30 am in the morning.

He had undergone a liver transplant on November 2 following which infection led to his condition turning critical. For several days, he had been admitted in the intensive care unit of the hospital.

Shanavas was born to M V Ibrahimkutty and Noorjahan in 1951. He was initiated into Congress politics through its student’s arm Kerala Students Union and later the youth outfit Youth Congress.

He had been a member of Kerala Pradesh Congress committee, the party’s highest decision making body, since 1983. He was representing Wayanad for the second time in a row.